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Horizon Receives Grant to Improve Rates of Cancer Screening

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) has been awarded a grant from the South Dakota Department of Health for $19,493.76 to increase the breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates in the communities of Alcester, Elk Point and Yankton, SD.

Horizon will be working with the South Dakota Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and All Women Count! Program to develop strategies to ensure all people of appropriate age are screened.
According to the South Dakota Cancer Registry, cancer was the second leading cause of death in South Dakota in 2014 with 4,498 cancer cases diagnosed and 1,679 deaths. Each day, 12 cases of cancer are diagnosed in South Dakota residents, and four South Dakotans die from the disease. In 2014, the most common cancer diagnosis in the state was female breast cancer.

Many cancers are survivable if found and treated in their early stages. Completing recommended cancer screening tests helps find breast, cervical and colorectal cancer before they have advanced.
Horizon will utilize grant funds to improve breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates by increasing awareness for the need for screening, sending reminders to patients who need to complete screening and working in partnership with clinicians to review rates of screening and develop strategies to increase screening rates among targeted populations.

For over 38 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 83,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org

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Randall Law, PA-C, Joins Aberdeen Community Health Center

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(ABERDEEN, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce new medical provider, Randall Law, PA-C, to the Aberdeen community. Randall joins provider Leah Bennett, PA-C to provide primary care medical services at Aberdeen Community Health Center.

Law attended Brigham Young University – Idaho, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and is a recent graduate of Idaho State University with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

“I am excited to join the outstanding team already in place at Aberdeen Community Health Center in providing medical care to the people of this great region,” said Randall Law, PA-C. “As a recent graduate, I don’t know everything. However, I am dedicated to learning all that I can in order to best serve those who place their trust in me. I look forward to working closely with patients to enhance and improve their lives.”

Law, a St. Anthony, Idaho native, is currently available for appointments at Aberdeen Community Health Center. His hobbies include playing and watching sports, exploring the outdoors, playing guitar and spending time with his family.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Courtney Carmichael, PA-C, Joins Martin Community Health Center

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(MARTIN, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Courtney Carmichael, PA-C, as the newest medical provider at Martin Community Health Center. Courtney joins providers Francoise Bansenga, CNP-FNP, BC, Jennifer Franke, CNP and Dr. Tony Berg to provide primary care medical services at the Martin Community Health Center.

“I am very excited to begin my career in Martin, SD,” said Courtney Carmichael, PA-C. “My philosophy is to take care of the patient and everything else will follow.”

A recent graduate of the University of South Dakota, Carmichael holds a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Carmichael, who is currently available for appointments at Martin Community Health Center, is originally from Rapid City, SD. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, volleyball and spending time in the Black Hills.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Melissa Davis, CNP, Named 2017 Horizon Provider of the Year

Melissa Davis, CNP, of Aurora County Community Health Center in Plankinton, SD, was recently named the recipient of Horizon Health Care’s second annual Provider of the Year award.

The Provider of the Year Award recognizes one medical or dental provider each year who embodies the spirit of care Horizon strives to provide to its patients and communities. Selection is based on a number of items, including patient satisfaction, quality of care, service to the community, and effective leadership.

Melissa has been with Horizon Health Care, Inc. for over three years. Since joining the organization, Melissa has nearly doubled the total patient visits per year at Aurora County Community Health Center, averaging over 250 patients per month. “Melissa is well liked and respected among her patients,” said Dr. Lance Lim, MD, Horizon’s Chief Medical Officer. “Her dedication and passion for patients is evident in everything she does.”

In addition to the time Melissa dedicates to her patients each week, she is an important part of the Plankinton community and Aurora County. “Melissa is everywhere you turn,” said Dr. Lim. “She has a strong community presence all year long at both community and school activities. We are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize her efforts and her dedication to her patients with this award.”

Melissa resides in Plankinton with her husband and three children.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Prairie Winds Dental Welcomes Outreach Students

(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Prairie Winds Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in Howard from September 11 – October 9.Prairie Winds Dental Students (1)

 

The two students visiting Howard are Abigail Deff of Sioux Falls, SD, and Daniel Fedyszyn of St. Cloud, MN. Abigail received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of North Dakota prior to attending dental school. Her hobbies include waterskiing, hunting, and sports. She is engaged and will be getting married on October 7; her final weekend of her dental rotation. Abigail has yet to determine her plans following dental school.

 

Daniel is a fourth year dental student, who grew up on the West Coast prior to moving to St. Cloud in high school. He is married and has many hobbies including: tennis, jogging, reading, and studying the Spanish language.  Following graduation, Daniel plans to practice general dentistry because he enjoys the variety and likes being able to provide many different procedures to his patients.

           

“It is a pleasure to once again welcome the dental students from UMN to Howard,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnership has been very beneficial to Horizon, as we have been fortunate to hire six dentists (including Dr. Jamie Kern of Prairie Winds Dental) to work at our dental clinics after their rotations.  These dental rotations are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities.”

 

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Jerauld County Dental Clinic Welcomes Outreach Students

(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Jerauld County Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in Wessington Springs from September 11 – October 9.

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The two students visiting Wessington Springs this year are Keshia Milbauer of Saint Cloud, MN, and Lauren McGovern of Fergus Falls, MN. Keshia enjoys being in the outdoors, camping, canoeing, and art, especially painting and stained glass. Following dental school, Keshia’s plans are yet to be determined, but she knows that she would like to be a general practitioner and work with patients in a rural area. “I enjoy the beauty and serenity of a small town,” said Keshia.

Lauren enjoys being on the lake, boating, sailing, swimming, and cycling. Traveling is her favorite thing to do, and she also considers herself a big “foodie”, enjoying cooking and trying different cuisines. Following dental school, Lauren would like to be a general dentist within a small community. She is passionate about becoming a family dental practitioner and being able to provide care for all ages.

 “It is a pleasure to once again welcome the dental students from UMN to Wessington Springs,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnership has been very beneficial to Horizon, as we have been fortunate to hire six dentists (including Dr. Nick Thome of Jerauld County Dental Clinic) to work at our dental clinics after their rotations.  These dental rotations are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities.”

Jerauld County Dental Staff_StudentsFor over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Horizon Health Care, Inc. Recognized as Health Center Quality Leader

(HOWARD, SD) – In a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) has been named a Health Center Quality Leader and is one of four health centers in South Dakota to receive funding dedicated to recognize their health center’s quality improvement efforts.

Locally, Horizon will receive nearly $90,000 in recognition of their continuous quality improvement efforts. The purpose of this award is to support health centers that displayed high levels of quality performance in 2016 to continue to strengthen quality improvement activities. Health centers receive these funds based upon high levels of performance in one or more of the following categories: Improving Quality of Care, Increasing Access to Care, Enhancing Delivery of High Value Health Care, Addressing Health Disparities, and Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition.

“Horizon is very pleased to be recognized again for the high quality of care our patients receive,” said Lindsey Karlson, Horizon’s Director of Quality Improvement. “As community health centers, we provide care to patients from diverse backgrounds and rural communities, many of whom would not have access to healthcare otherwise. This award acknowledges that Horizon’s clinicians, nurses and support staff are leading providers of high quality health care in South Dakota and across the country among community health centers.”

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Dr. Hilary Haley, DDS, Joins Horizon Health Care, Inc.

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(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce new dental provider, Dr. Hilary Haley, DDS, to the communities of Wessington Springs and Plankinton.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota – School of Dentistry, Dr. Haley is originally from Mitchell, SD. Prior to joining Horizon, she previously owned Dental Health Partners in Mitchell.

“My goal is to provide comprehensive, gentle care to my patients,” said Dr. Hilary Haley, DDS. “I want to help guide and educate them, so that we can become partners in their dental health.”

Haley joins a team of two current providers in both locations (Dr. Nick Thome, DDS and Dr. Brady Weispfennig, DDS) to provide quality dental care to the Wessington Springs and Plankinton communities. Dr. Haley is currently available for appointments at Jerauld County Dental Clinic and Aurora County Dental Clinic. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, walking and spending time with her children: Jake, Nick and Brooke.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Prairie Winds Dental Clinic Welcomes Outreach Students

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(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Prairie Winds Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in Howard from July 31 – August 18, 2017.

The two students visiting Howard are Michael Lindsay of Madison, SD, and Erica Dickmeyer of Fremont, NE. Lindsay’s plans after dental school include a pediatric residency. His hobbies include snowboarding, traveling, food and photography. Dickmeyer, who plans to move to Colorado or Kansas City after dental school, enjoys running, biking, playing tennis and reading.

“This program has been a great opportunity to bring dental professionals back to South Dakota to work in our rural communities,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “The rotation is preferred for students that are residents of South Dakota or neighboring states and we have been fortunate to have six dentists that have come to work for Horizon after their rotations. We always enjoy the time getting to know these students and introducing them to our communities.”

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Melissa Nehl, CNP, DNP, APRN, Joins Horizon Health Care, Inc.

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(MCINTOSH, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Melissa Nehl, CNP, DNP, APRN, as the newest medical provider at McIntosh Community Clinic and Isabel Community Clinic. Melissa joins current providers David Rollason, PA-C and Geralyn Hahne, PA-C to provide primary care medical services to the McIntosh and Isabel communities.

“Rural health care is my passion, and the reason I chose my profession as a Family Nurse Practitioner,” said Melissa Nehl, CNP, DNP, APRN. “Working at Horizon will allow me to give back to the communities that raised me. I look forward to serving patients and their families, and helping to improve health care access in rural South Dakota.

A recent graduate of the University of Mary, Nehl holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree. Nehl, a Watauga, SD native, is currently available for appointments at McIntosh Community Clinic and Isabel Community Clinic. Her hobbies include spending time on her family’s cattle ranch, riding horse, hunting and playing bass and singing in her band, The Broken Spokes.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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